Quiz lover Eamonn (47) was an unassuming gentleman
THE COMMUNITY of Rosslare Harbour and beyond were shocked by the recent, sudden passing of Eamonn Butler of Pairc Naomh Padraig, Rosslare Harbour, at the age of just 47.
Eamonn, the son of Eileen and Noel Butler was one of seven children. He grew up in the Railway Houses in Rosslare Harbour before moving up to St Brendan’s Estate. He was educated in Kilrane National School and Wexford Vocational College.
After school, he was employed by Sealink (Stena Line) and worked on a number of vessels over the course of about 15 years.
Following that, he worked in the ESSO station in Rosslare Harbour.
Most recently, he held a parttime job as a night porter in Hotel Rosslare, where he was affectionately nick-named ‘The Captain’, on account of his meticulously ordered way of carrying out various tasks.
Eamonn had a keen interest in sport all of his life. In his school days, he played GAA with St Mary’s GAA Club and soccer with Rosslare Rangers, as well joining the Sea Scouts.
He was a staunch Liverpool fan and also followed the Irish soccer team, travelling, on one occasion, to Moscow, for a qualifier match. In more recent times, he enjoyed playing darts.
He had a very active mind and was a fan of quizzes and crosswords. He enjoyed 3D jigsaws and building model ships and airplanes. He was a gifted artist and often delighted his friends and work colleagues with caricatures of them.
Eamonn was a great supporter of the local RNLI and always gave generously when collections were held for them. He was also very dedicated to his nieces and nephews.
Eamonn was a quiet, easy-going, and unassuming man, with a wide circle of friends and an even wider circle of acquaintances, met over the years of working on the ferries and in the local hotel.
His funeral Mass was attended by colleagues from Fishguard port as well as retired staff members he had worked with over the years.
Eamonn is survived by his parents Noel and Eileen; his siblings Noel, Dermot, Helen, Alice, Clare and Sandra; his uncles, aunts (in-law), nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainm dhilis.
The late Eamonn Butler